February 18, 2018
Green Ribbon Initiatives, a non-profit corporation founded in the spring of 2013, is pleased to announce its recognition of significant community partnerships. Recognition is being given to partnerships between Easter Lutheran Church and various organizations addressing a wide range of community needs. Easter Lutheran assistance is provided through financial contributions, program space, providing volunteers and by raising awareness of needs in our community.
Partnerships with Loaves and Fishes, The Open Door and Fare For All, help address community hunger by providing healthy meals for community members, access to a food shelf, and opportunity to purchase food at fair and inexpensive rates. Easter Lutheran partners with The Sheridan Project, Oak Ridge Elementary and Black Hawk Middle School providing weekend food for needy children and families of students.
Tree House provides programming for challenged and at-risk youth providing life changing opportunities for the most challenged and marginalized youth. Reaching Up Ministries provides homework help, tutoring and enrichment activities for students from Oak Ridge, Green Leaf, and Thomas Lake Elementary Schools and Falcon Ridge and Black Hawk Middle Schools.
Counseling Services to youth and families are provided in partnership with Cedar Valley Counseling. Easter Lutheran provides a leadership role and participates with the Homeless Coalition in providing shelter for people experiencing homelessness. This partnership incorporates the broader faith community as well as Dakota County Social Services.
Partner contributions include program management, financial donations, fundraising efforts, volunteering, promotion and collaborative events.
Community engagement connects people from all walks of life. Connected communities enjoy a higher standard of living and improved overall wellness. These recognized partnerships help in meeting basic needs, enhancing lives, and providing opportunity, and everyone benefits from viewing the world through the eyes of others and in serving others.
Easter Lutheran Church and its partners clearly demonstrate that partnerships – ordinary people working together – can and do accomplish more than any one entity can in meeting everyday needs in the community. These partnerships demonstrate that not all problems and challenges need to depend on governmental intervention to make a difference in the lives of citizens.
Easter Lutheran Church desires to see its members engage in the community around them serving both its mission — To grow in faith and carry on the work of Jesus Christ. As well as its vision – Transforming Hearts and Lives for Christ carried out in part by blurring the lines between church & community.